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how much juice to make a litere of spirit?

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PurplePillowCase Sat 16-Dec-17 21:52:38

was shopping with my 11yo who marvelled at the price of spirits (how is 15£ for one bottle a good deal).
so I explained that it takes a lot of effort to extract the alkohol etc and that we did it in chemistry at school from a bucket full of stolen apples

so: how much juice makes a litre of spirits?

PurplePillowCase Sat 16-Dec-17 22:06:36


pinkblink Sat 16-Dec-17 22:15:07

Are you really the 11 year old?

PurplePillowCase Sat 16-Dec-17 22:15:49

no. but I promised I will get an answer by tomorrow ;)

honeysucklejasmine Sat 16-Dec-17 22:19:10

Do you mean how much of the raw ingredient do you need? Like how many grapes are in a bottle of wine? Google. It knows all.

PurplePillowCase Sat 16-Dec-17 22:41:20

I have googled, but only find obscure us websites but was hoping the ever clever mn can pount me in the right direction. smile
(I know from the archers that distilling at home is illegal)

CakeNinja Sat 16-Dec-17 22:44:49

For vodka and Diet Coke, I use roughly one part vodka to 4 or 5 parts coke. So 4 or 5 times the volume of spirit!
1l vodka, 4/5l of coke.

TheSpottedZebra Sat 16-Dec-17 22:48:53

It depends on the sugar content of the raw ingredient. Alcohol (ethanol) is basically fermented sugar.

TheSpottedZebra Sat 16-Dec-17 22:50:12

...and obviously different alcoholic drink, different brands, different varieties, have different alcohol by volume, or ABV contents.

EnidColeslaw771 Sat 16-Dec-17 22:52:09

The reason alcohol is expensive is that you pay tax on it surely?

PurplePillowCase Sat 16-Dec-17 22:54:27

yes tax as well.
but I explained a bit the process (pulp, fermentation, distilling) that's where the 'how much juice'.

in school we only got about a thimble full out of a bucket (20l or so of apple wine) but we were only able to run the still for a couple of hours.

TheSpottedZebra Sat 16-Dec-17 22:55:03

Yes re tax. So on a 1l bottle of spirit at 37% ABV, £10.63 would be exise duty. VAT payable also.

TheSpottedZebra Sat 16-Dec-17 22:56:06

A quick Google says that it takes approx 600-800 grapes per std bottle of wine.

CakeNinja Sat 16-Dec-17 22:58:40

Ahhh. I totally misunderstood the question blush
And not one drop of alcohol has passed my lips grin

SilentlyScreamingAgain Sat 16-Dec-17 23:04:32

It's dependant on the amount of sugar in the fruit, so you'd need more apples than grapes. I can only do it in pre decimal units and with vegetables.

2lbs potatoes
+ 2lbs of raisins
+ 4lbs sugar

= 1 gallon of poteen/Poitín

ratspeaker Sat 16-Dec-17 23:20:44

The tax on spirits is much of the cost in the shops.

A spirit like whisky is made from grain, not juice.
The yield depends on the type of grain, yeast used, efficiency of distillation.

I think, but am not certain, 2.5 kg grain with 10.5 litres of water would give 1litre of whisky

PurplePillowCase Sat 16-Dec-17 23:26:10

thanks all.
so my answer of 'a lot ' was actually very acurate it seems grin

JeNeSuisPasVotreMiel Sat 16-Dec-17 23:41:42

I used to have a boyfriend who distilled his own barely drinkable spirits from brew- your-own-beer kits.

Very cheap way of producing something that will get your drunk or remove your nail polish

PurplePillowCase Sat 16-Dec-17 23:43:55

my dad wanted to distill surplus mead. but then didn't as it's diffucult to do safely at home.

Kursk Sat 16-Dec-17 23:50:04

Check out a moonshining forum. From our home experience. It’s about a 20% relationship. (10gal of mash = 2gal moonshine) depending on how strong you want it. We normally go for lower and stronger 50/60% alcohol content

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